• The front entrance of the California Academy of Sciences under a clear, blue sky
    The Academy is the Bay Area's home for science.
  • A boy and his mom examine flowers in the Color of Life exhibit.
    Hands-on exhibits inspire guests of all ages.
  • A young girl examines a pink sea star in our Discovery Tide Pool exhibit
    Get up close and personal with real ocean animals.
  • An Academy docent shares some collection specimens with a group of guests of different ages and backgrounds
    Friendly, knowledgeable docents bring science to life.

We’re proud to open our doors to the entire Bay Area community and provide access to world-class science education and cutting-edge exhibits for everyone. Learn about our free and low-cost admission opportunities, school and youth field trips, and other access programs.

Community Free Days

Please note: Community Free Days are now sold out. Please sign up to receive occasional email updates about future free days.

In celebration of the Academy’s 10th anniversary in our new Golden Gate Park building, we’re excited to thank the community we’re so proud to serve by offering free admission over a three-day period from September 23-25, 2018.

Community Free Days are made possible thanks to generous support from Pacific Gas and Electric Company.


Neighborhood Free Weekends

All San Francisco residents receive free admission to the Academy on two designated Neighborhood Free Weekends per year, thanks to generous support from Target. Determined by zip code of residence, these free weekends grant free admission on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of a given weekend and are offered every fall and spring.



We’re committed to making our exhibits, programs, and digital offerings accessible to everyone. We provide a range of services to welcome individuals with disabilities, including wheelchair access, accessible parking, and accommodations for service animals.


Military Discount

Present a valid military ID or proof of service (i.e., VA card or DD-214) at the ticket window when you arrive to receive $3 off daytime general admission. Please note: This offer is for active-duty military personnel only and does not apply to family, friends, or dependents.


Discover & Go Library Program

The Academy provides passes to moderate- to low-income neighborhood libraries, in San Francisco, Richmond, Alameda, Contra Costa, Berkeley, Oakland, as well as over 40 other local library systems. Families with children can check out passes for participating cultural institutions, including the Academy, from their local public library branch. The pass is valid for families of 4-6 with children up to age 18. Please check your local branch regarding distribution.


Museums for All

The Academy is a proud partner in Museums for All, a collaborative initiative that ensures every child and family has access to a world-class museum experience by offering reduced admission.

If you have an EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) or WIC card, simply present it at the ticket window when you arrive to receive $3 general admission. Limit 4 per group per visit.


Community Access Ticket Service (CATS)

CATS provides experiences to tens of thousands of people who otherwise could not afford to visit through partnerships with hundreds of social-service organizations, including Boys and Girls Clubs, Salvation Army, YMCA, and others.


School and Youth Field Trips

School field trip reservations are available for formal California school groups of students in grades pre-K through 12, including preschool. Field trips can be scheduled on most dates with the exception of holidays and some school breaks. You can even book a weekend visit! All school groups from the City and County of San Francisco receive free admission to the Academy. All other California school groups receive a discounted group rate.


Rock Program

The Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Enhanced Museum Visits Program supports field trips for 4th- and 5th- grade students in San Francisco. Free transportation, admission, and educational materials are all provided by this program.


Children 3 and under

All children ages 3 and under receive free admission to the Academy everyday.



Every Thursday night, adults 21+ can visit the museum for a significantly reduced price during NightLife from 6-10 pm. In addition to access to all Academy exhibits, including planetarium shows, NightLife attendees enjoy live music and special programming.



Academy memberships are always a great value and can pay for themselves in less than two visits. Membership installment plans provide an accessible payment option that enables members to pay for the cost of a membership with an initial down payment and easy monthly installments starting at less than $6 a month.

Our new Community Value membership offers family access to the Academy 230+ days a year for just $129.


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